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How To Make Pizza In A Cup

Updated on June 18, 2012

How To Make Pizza In A Cup

There are numerous ways to make "Pizza In A Cup," also know as "Cup O' Pizza." I've scoured the web and am happy to present some of the best links right here. Why "Pizza In A Cup?" Well, Grasshopper, It all started with just a few short seconds of dialogue in Steve Martin's first movie over 30 years ago....

Steve Martin as Navin R. Johnson in "The Jerk"
Steve Martin as Navin R. Johnson in "The Jerk"

Where Pizza In A Cup First Originated

Ultimate Carnival Food

Anyone who has ever been to a carnival or state fair knows that there are certain culinary mashups unavailable any time or any place else (The current trend is for fried anything, including jello). Sausage on a roll and ice cream in a waffle cone were creations born of necessity at carnival type events. So why not Pizza-In-A-Cup? What started as a spoof on the aforementioned forerunners of fast food took on a life of it's own thanks to the 1979 comedy, "The Jerk", which starred Steve Martin (Navin) and Bernadette Peters (Marie)

For Fans Of "The Jerk" and Pizza In A Cup

By the time I got my camera, the pizza was half-gone
By the time I got my camera, the pizza was half-gone

Quick "Pizza In A Cup"

Put on the movie, invite a few friends over, and serve up Pizza In A Cup!

This whole thing started earlier today when our Sunday school teacher mentioned buttermilk biscuits. Hmmm.. that sounded pretty good. But you can't just have biscuits, they need to be served with something or as the base of something. When we got home, I reached for a pouch of Buttermilk Biscuit mix. According to the directions, I needed 4 cups to make a batch of biscuits, but only had 3. So, I added one cup of Cornmeal muffin mix in place of the last cup of biscuit mix and followed the directions on the biscuit mix pouch (4 cups of mix, 1 cup of water). The products we used were from but you could probably use any Buttermilk Biscuit Mix and Cornmeal Muffin Mix. We liked this particular brand as everything was right in the mix and that made for fast preparation. You may also want to try to spice it up a bit with pizza seasoning.

Instead of making biscuits, I rolled the dough out onto a 12" x 17" baking pan (cookie sheet) that had been generously coated with olive oil, then rolled it until it covered the entire pan. It was rolled quite thin. Then, into the oven at 425° for about 12 minutes. I took my buttermilk/cornmeal crust out just as it started to brown. It had risen to about 1/2" thickness-perfect for pizza.

Next, the toppings. I kept it pretty simple-just pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese, but feel free to experiment. I was a bit concerned that the crust would just soak up the sauce, but that did not happen. a few minutes under the broiler, and we had a nice, very authentic looking pizza.

Unfortunately, we didn't have a cool styrofoam cup like Steve Martin, but this standard size coffee cup worked fine.
Unfortunately, we didn't have a cool styrofoam cup like Steve Martin, but this standard size coffee cup worked fine.

New York Style Pizza it's not....

For the real "Cup O Pizza" experience, you need utensils

The final result was a very tasty, very cheesy pizza with a very palatable texture. The cornmeal added just a touch of sweetness and body to the crust. But it's not the kind of pizza you can pick up and eat. The biscuit/cornmeal crust is far to crumbly. It was at this point that my wife chimed in, "This would be perfect for Pizza-In-A Cup." We began cutting the pizza into small squares, about 2" x 2" and scooping them into cups. Next, a little extra mozzarella and into the microwave for just long enough to melt the cheese.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow interesting lens and idea.